What Indigenous interns say

The Aurora internship has been very beneficial to my studies and extended my legal knowledge. I have thoroughly enjoyed working in the non-for profit sector and working alongside passionate legal professionals. Working in native title has confirmed my interest in this legal area and I hope to work as a legal practitioner in a NTRB organisation upon graduation.

Mikaela French, CYLC

It was a very welcoming environment at KCLS and it was so rewarding to get good outcomes for the clients. It was great to develop friendships and work relationships that are meaningful.

Kira Clark, KCLS

My internship and ongoing paid work has been an incredible time of growth for me as a future professional in the health field. I have also realised that I already possess many skills needed to perform satisfactorily in the workplace, such as communication skills, and an ability to connect with Indigenous clients and organisations. This has given me great confidence in my ability to be a member of a workplace associated with Indigenous health.

Caleb Rivers, AHCWA

The most rewarding aspect of my internships was learning new skills and being exposed to experienced professionals and possible job opportunities.

Hope Saba, First Peoples Health Unit

Over the course of the placement I have gained a new found appreciation of the just how challenging and technical native title law is. It has been a pleasure to assist the Senator with his endeavors for better reform in this space. I have also learnt more about some of the political processes that happen behind the scenes. This has been a valuable insight for someone who is interested in a career in policy.  Reflecting back on the experience in its entirety, I have certainly gained a confirmation that I want to work in the Indigenous sector. I have been challenged and inspired by many of the people I have met working in this space. I would like to thank Aurora for organising such an amazing placement.

Tyrone Kelly, Office of Senator Dodson

The best aspects of the internship program in general is the opportunity to get real experience working in Indigenous affairs. Also, the networking opportunities are incredible as you are able to meet people within your industry and make positive connections, which are priceless for future employment opportunities. As well as this, being able to get paid for the work is incredibly important. As someone who has carer responsibilities, I would not have been able to participate if I had to work for free. The fact that Aurora funds the internship is so important and really amazing. I wish I had done an internship every year of my degree.

Ashleigh Johnstone, Paradisec

It was mind-blowing to watch and be part of the collaboration of the existing services which come together under Maranguka’s umbrella.  Inspirational is an understatement to witness how such pro-active, transparent, forward thinking community leaders can bring about such positive change supported by a progressively developed and established system that is proving to be successful.

Jay Lee Snowden, Just Reinvest/Maranguka

I feel truly honoured to have had the opportunity to give back to a place that has unconditionally supported me over the past 7 years, as I know that the work I have done throughout my internship is valuable, and makes a difference to other Indigenous students. Aurora somewhat feels like a second family, and by doing this internship, and meeting more of the team, I feel like my family and support system has extended. I loved feeling part of something special and working with an incredible team that make magic happen. Aurora makes a huge difference in so many students' lives, because what you do best, above all else, is believe in and support us unconditionally.

Oceania Henry, TAI - Camps

It has been one of the most rewarding and uplifting experiences I have encountered, the culture and inspiration I have gained from being here has been immense.

Taylor McLean, St John Ambulance

Reflecting back on the experience in its entirety, I have certainly gained a confirmation that I want to work in the Indigenous sector. I have been challenged and inspired by many of the people I have met working in this space. I would like to thank Aurora for organising such an amazing placement.

Tyrone Kelly, Office of Senator Dodson